With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council and consults for regulators, licensees, and individuals. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.
Participants shared strategies to mitigate costs and phase-in new pesticide and heavy metals testing requirements for cannabis products in Washington state.
The scope of the vaping crisis continued to expand, including a possible case in Washington state and increased likelihood of federal and state action against flavored vapor products considered appealing to children.
The Board discussed agency and industry proposals for social equity programs as well as the latest news about vaping-related illnesses and deaths.
The Board denied a petition for rulemaking from a transporter and reacted to federal warnings about correlated health impacts attributed to vaping.
Details on the WSLCB’s social equity and Tier 1 vertical integration bills; labs; traceability; the Cannabis Potency Tax Work Group; and legislator interest in advertising loopholes.
The Washington State Department of Ecology launched the Cannabis Science Task Force to assist in the methodical migration of authority for testing lab accreditation from the WSLCB.
“Rumors” of WSLCB plans to help smaller operators came to light along with coverage alleging burglaries of licensees could be planned with public information published by the agency.
Retailers gained a 6-month extension to their deadline enabling sales of cannabis products in formerly-compliant packaging through January 1, 2021.
The Board prepared for its road trip to Bothell, learned about pyrethrins, and inserted itself into a process of legal interpretation occurring in the Enforcement division.
The Board reviewed stakeholder meetings on agency rulemaking projects and considered how to on-board an economist.